MONTPELIER — Governor Phil Scott announced new steps in the state’s plan to prepare for a surge in COVID-19 cases, and in turn, the need for additional hospital and medical capacity.
In partnership with the Vermont National Guard, the state is creating two additional high capacity care sites for a possible surge.
One in Essex Junction at the Champlain Valley Exposition will provide 400 beds staffed primarily by guard personnel.
The other will be in Rutland County, supported by the Rutland Regional Medical Center, which will provide 150 beds.
These high-capacity surge sites are in addition to regionally deployed sites at the Collins Perley Sports and Fitness Center in St. Albans, Barre Civic Center in Barre, and at the University of Vermont, which will create available bed space as this response unfolds.
These sites will be operated in close coordination with health care providers and will only be used if hospitals exceed their capacity.
“Rutland is proud to support these efforts to address increased medical need due to COVID-19,” said Claudio Fort, president and chief executive officer of Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Additional rapid reaction medical surge trailers containing material for 50 additional beds have been prepositioned across Vermont, including at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Brattleboro, and Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor.
More assets, including two state portable hospitals, will be staged.
These assets can be deployed quickly if needed.